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Fr George Plathottam (ING) Secretary of CBCI-OSC, appointed Director of NISCORT
By Chris Valentino
Abroad, May. 2. Fr. George Plathottam, sdb - Secretary, CBCI (Catholic Bishops` Conference of India)  Office for Social Communications has been appointed as the new Director of NISCORT (National Institute of Social Communications Research and Training). This was decided at the CBCI Standing Committee meeting in Bangalore on April 25-27, 2012. Fr Plathottam`s appointment comes in the wake of the sudden demise of Fr Jacob Srampickal sj, who had been earlier appointed and was scheduled to take charge as Director -NISCORT in June.
Fr George Plathottam, sdb - Secretary of the CBCI Communications Office and next Director of NISCORT
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Fr. Plathottam belongs to the Guwahati province and is currently the Secretary of the CBCI-OSC since 2008. He will continue his present office even as Director of NISCORT. Fr Plathottam is the 3rd Director of NISCORT and will succeed Fr. Jude Botelho in June 2012
Fr Plathottam has a PhD in Communications from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong and has served as Director of the Mass Media Department at St Anthony`s College, Shillong, and also as President of Indian Catholic Press Association (ICPA). He is also a consultant to the international committee on communications of the Salesian Society and is a renowned author and media trainer.  
NISCORT was established as one of the six national centres of the CBCI and is situated in Vaishali-Delhi. It offers three Masters` Degrees and other diploma/certificate courses in communications.  The centre has trained several Catholic media professionals including priests, religious and lay leaders in pastoral communication, during the past 15 years.
BIS-DonBosco India congratulates Fr George Plathottam and wishes him a successful tenure in office

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